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Meeting and Workshop on Potential Mercury Reductions at Electric Utilities

Binational Toxics Strategy-- Mercury Workgroup: Meeting and
Workshop on Potential Mercury Reductions at Electric Utilities

  November 16 and 17, 1998
  DAY 1: USEPA-Region 5 Offices, 3rd Floor, 77 W. Jackson Blvd
  DAY 2: Chicago Hilton and Towers, Marquette Room, 720 South Michigan
  Chicago, Illinois

  The Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy (BTS) Mercury
  Workgroup will be holding meetings on November 16 and 17, 1998 in
  Chicago.  November 16 will be a general meeting, which will include
  progress reports on actions taken to implement the BTS challenges to
  reduce mercury use and release.  Reports on actions taken by the chlor-
  alkali, medical, and steel industries will be included.  This meeting
  will be held at the U.S. EPA Region 5 Offices, 3rd floor, 77 W. Jackson.
  November 17 will be a workshop on near-term actions that electric
  utilities can take to reduce mercury, focusing on multi-pollutant
  reduction strategies such as energy conservation and fuel switching, and
  on ways to encourage mercury reduction from this sector, such as green
  marketing.  This meeting will be held at the Chicago Hilton and Towers,
  Marquette Room, 720 South Michigan Avenue.

  Please note that the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) and
  the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) are
  also holding a one day mercury workshop on November 17 in Washington,
  D.C.  While both the BTS and the CEC / NESCAUM workshops deal with
  mercury and utilities, they focus on very different aspects of this
  issue.  In order to assist you in making your decision about which
  workshop to attend, the following descriptions are provided.

  The CEC / NESCAUM workshop will focus on technologies and strategies for
  controlling mercury emissions from combustion sources, with special
  emphasis on innovative and emerging technologies for large coal-fired
  boilers.  The BTS Chicago workshop will include some discussion of this
  issue, but will focus on pollution prevention and incentives for mercury
  reduction, as well as the impact on mercury emissions from the
  restructuring of the electric utility industry.  The organizers of
  workshops will be sharing information so that all of the groups (BTS /
  CEC / NESCAUM) can benefit from the results of both workshops.

  The CEC / NESCAUM workshop in Washington, DC is focused on the
  implemmentation of innovative and emerging mercury control technologies
  for large coal-fired boilers.  Information developed from thtis workshop
  is expected to have near-term and, more importantly, long-term
  applicability to the mercury action plan of the New England Governors
  and Eastern Canadian Premiers and to the Phase 2 North American Regional
  Action Plan (NARAP) for mercury.  The Phase 2 NARAP for mercury is
  currently under development by the Mercury Task Force of the CEC's Sound
  Management of Chemicals (SMOC) Workgroup.  The information from this
  workshop is also anticipated to be of assistance to USEPA in their
  ongoing consideration of additional mercury reduction measures.  Special
  attention will be given to the cost-effectiveness of each technology.
  If the participation forms indicate the need, French and/or Spanish
  interpretation will be available.  For information concerning the
  Washington workshop, please contact Dr. Praveen Amar, Director, Science
  and Policy, NESCAUM at 617 367 8540 (e-mail pamar@nescaum.org).

  The Chicago workshop will include an overview of utility mercury
  reduction options developed under Minnesotaís Mercury Contamination
  Reduction Initiative, and presentations on the state of emissions
  control technology and the potential effects of restructuring,
  deregulation and other market forces on mercury emissions.  In addition,
  there will be a presentation on the ways that utilities can reduce the
  use of mercury-containing equipment.  In the afternoon, presentations
  and panel discussions will focus on pollution prevention opportunities
  (including energy conservation, fuel switching and elimination of
  mercury-containing equipment) and incentives for reducing emissions from
  electric power generation (including "green" marketing and early
  reduction credits).  The purpose of this workshop is to identify
  practical options that electric utilities can begin to implement as a
  means of reducing mercury, in order to protect the Great Lakes and meet
  the Canadian and U.S. mercury reduction challenges of the Binational
  Toxics Strategy.  This workshop will be conducted in English only.  For
  further details on the agenda for the Chicago workshop, please contact
  either Mr. Alexis Cain (312) 886-7018 [cain.alexis@epa.gov], or Mr.
  Robert Krauel (416) 739-5861 [robert.krauel@ec.gc.ca].

  The November 16 BTS meeting will be held 8:30 to 5:00 pm in the 3rd
  floor conference area at EPA Region V Headquarters, 77 W. Jackson Blvd.,
  Chicago, IL.  The morning session will be a plenary with other BTS
  workgroups on implementation of the overall BTS.  The afternoon will be
  devoted to breakout sessions of the substance-specific workgroups,
  including the Mercury Workgroup.

  The November 17 BTS Workshop on Potential Mercury Reductions at Electric
  Utilities will held 8:00 to 5:00 pm in the Marquette Room, Chicago
  Hilton and Towers, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL. Please
  note that the November 16 and 17 meetings are in different

  To register for the conference, please send name, organization, address,
  phone, fax, and e-mail to:

  Kim Turner
  Ross & Associates Environmental Consulting, Ltd.
  1218 Third Ave., Suite 1207, Seattle, WA  98101
  phone: 206-447-1805
  fax: 206-447-0956
  email: bnsstake@ross-assoc.com


  Madhu Malhotra
  Environment Canada
  phone: 416-739-4191
  fax: 416-739-4804
  email: madhu.malhotra@ec.gc.ca

  Please specify that whether you intend to participate in the Mercury
  Workgroup meeting on November 16, the utility workshop on November 17,
  or both.

  Hotel information:
  Blocks of rooms are being held at the Palmer House Hilton (312/726-7500)
  and at the Union League Club (800/443-0578).   Please mention the
  Binational Toxics Strategy-U.S. EPA to obtain the government rate.  If
  you are unable to secure a room at either hotel, please call Kim Turner
  at the phone number, above, for additional ideas.  Both hotels are very
  near to the EPA offices and a short walk or cab ride to the Hilton.

  ** Please note that we were unable to secure government rate rooms at
  the Chicago Hilton and Towers.  You can contact them at 312/922-4400 for
  room rates.

Workshop on Potential Mercury Reductions at Electric Utilities

November 17, 1998
Chicago Hilton and Towers, Marquette Room (NOTE NEW LOCATION!)
720 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

8:00 AM   Check-in

8:15 AM   Welcome, Agenda Review, and Meeting Purpose

8:30 AM   Overview of Mercury Reduction Options for Utilities
Identified by the Minnesota Mercury Contamination Reduction Initiative
Carol Andrews/Ed Swain/John Gilkeson, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
25 minute presentation, 15 minute discussion

9:10 AM   Practicable Emissions Control Technologies
George Offen, EPRI, "Mercury Control Technologies--principles, tests,
Paula Choutts, SENES Consultant, A Review of Recent Mercury Control
Two 20 minute presentations, 10 minutes discussion

10:00 AM  Management of Mercury-Containing Devices
Lou Pocalujka, Consumers Energy

10:25AM   Break

10:40AM   Impact of Restructuring, Deregulation, and Other Market
Jeremy Platt, EPRI
Bruce Lourie,  Lourie & Love
Two 20 minute presentations, 20 minute discussion

11:40AM   Lunch on your Own

12:45 PM  Pollution Prevention Panel:
Bill Grant or Nancy Lang, Isaak Walton League on Fuel Switching
Presentation on Energy Efficient Lighting Speaker to be Determined
Paul Schueller, Franklin Energy Services, Inc., Market Transformation
Programs for Energy Efficiency
Three 20 minute Presentations, 30 minutes discussion

Moderator: Ian Smith, Ministry of the Environment, Province of Ontario

2:15PM    Break

2:30PM    Incentives for Cleaner Power Panel:
Karen Jaeckels, WEPCo, Review of Wisconsinís Largest
Green Energy Program
Stacey Davis or Sue Gander, Center for Clean Air Policy, Early Reduction
Presentation on Alternative Energy Speaker to be Determined

Moderator: Frank Anscombe, U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office

4:00PM    Facilitated Discussion: Specific Concrete Actions and
Opportunities to Reduce Mercury Entering the Great
Lakes Basin

5:00PM    Adjourn

Pranas Pranckevicius
USEPA Great Lakes National Program Office
312 353 3437 (P)  312 353 2018 (F)